Russia Without Memorial
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Against the background of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the destruction of Memorial now appears in a new light, the last in a series of moves by Putin to subjugate Russian civil society before commencement of war. Since its founding over 30 years ago as an NGO dedicated to documenting and society preserving the memory of Soviet political repressions, Memorial has evolved into a foundational center of civic life in Russia. Memorial was the first civic organization in Russia to speak of the Kremlin’s true intentions vis-à-vis Ukraine in 2014 and to call these actions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine an aggression. In this roundtable, we will discuss what the destruction of Memorial will mean for the future of Russia.
This event will be presented in Russian and English with simultaneous translation.
Independent human rights lawyer and scholar
Professor of Teaching, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Journalist, publisher, organizer of civic projects
The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange. Read more
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